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Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock may have scoped out other music festivals

October 5, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock may have scoped out other music festivals

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Vegas mass killer Stephen Paddock may have scoped out other music festivals

Associated Press – Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans.

Paddock rented rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show in late September near the Vegas Strip, according to authorities reconstructing his movements before he undertook the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

It was not clear if he aborted plans to carry out massacres at those events.

The details came to light as investigators struggled to figure out why the high-stakes gambler opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 Sunday night from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino. He killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 before taking his own life.

Authorities have been combing through his background but remain stumped as to his motive.

The profile developed so far is of a “disturbed and dangerous” man who acquired an arsenal over decades, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. But investigators have been frustrated to find that he lived a “secret life,” Lombardo said, “much of which will never be fully understood.”

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